“INSPECTOR MORSE” (1987-2000): John Shaw, (1942-2002) is impeccable as a detective solving crimes in the elite environs of Oxford, England. “Morse” is the embodiment of a quintessential Renaissance man: cultured, sublimely well-read, inebriate of Opera, savant culprit decimator; for all his indurate instincts in the world of criminality, he is hopelessly naïve when his heart “lightly turns to love”; Shaw’s prescient prowess elevates Morse into a rarefied realm, sparsely inhabited.
Also worthy of attention are spinoffs: “LEWIS” (2006-2015), starring Kevin Whately; “ENDEAVOUR” (2013-?), starring Shaun Evans. This is a franchise that continues to entice.
“FOYLE’S WAR” (2002-2015): Michael Kitchen, (1948-) as somber detective “Foyle” is magnificent as a man divining the untoward in Hastings, England throughout WWII; captivating and enthralling are the educational scenarios, enlightening viewers to the vicissitudes, suffered and conquered by the British people and country; Kitchen imbues immense integrity to this supremely, idealistically pragmatic, moral man.
“LUTHER” (2010-): Idris Elba, (1972-) charismatically, staggeringly depicts shrewd detective, “Luther” in a psychological thriller, that stupefies with its ingenuity; emotionally defective, Luther compensates with his canny sense of divination; the interplay between the perpetrator and Luther is blazingly intelligent.
These are British productions that may be found on Netflix and/or Amazon Prime.
Foyle’s War – an all-time favorite, Penelope! If there were 6 stars, I’d give it to Foyle’s!
In total agreement! Thanks, P
AND! Watched Vienna Blood last weekend – it’s wonderful, and yes, they are delicious. I followed it with Freud (as you can see I’m missing Vienna terribly…) pretty visceral, but definitely worth streaming since we have nowhere to go and very little to do these days!
Thank You, Susan; I’ve watch a couple of episodes of “Freud” and agree with you, too sensational, but so are the times we are living in! P